Earlier this month, the Harvard Business Review reported on a new system that the U.S. Army is implementing to improve its mental health care through increased personalization.
The Behavioral Health Data Portal (BHDP) is a module that patients fill out upon intake before each appointment. The software then uses this data to chart patient progress and provide the necessary information for clinicians as to the best course of treatment for the individual. The BHDP includes a built-in charting function that visualizes patient progress, and its data can easily be transferred to other providers.
The portal’s implications for mental health care underscore the possibilities for further personalizing treatments. The article’s authors spoke to the potential for providers outside of the Army to learn from BHDP and apply its lessons to mental health personalization:
It will require the development of clinical-decision-support systems such as BHDP to capture more precise mental-health-outcomes data, and redesigned clinical-care workflows to protect patient face time with care providers … This combination of clear policy, well-designed technology, and redesigned workflows can come together to enable precision mental health care.